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Undergraduate Elective Courses in Social Work: Winter 2018

Jan. 4, 2018 - Jan. 24, 2018

The UB School of Social Work is very excited to be offering courses for undergraduate students during the winter session.

Through these courses, we hope to introduce students to skills and issues of concern to social workers and people in other helping professions. These courses will not count toward credits in the MSW Program.

For further information on these courses, contact Diane Elze, MSW Program Coordinator, at


For questions about whether these courses will count toward your university requirements, please speak to your academic advisor.

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SW 115 Mental Health in Popular Culture and Media

The purpose of this course is to critically examine how individuals with mental health disorders and their families are portrayed in, and often stigmatized by popular culture and diverse forms of media, including broadcast, various film genres, video games, print media, and social media. Students will also explore how media can be used to reduce the stigmatization and marginalization of people with mental health disorders.

Location: Online
Credit Hours: 2
Registration # 10223
Instructor: Rebecca Rouland Polmanteer

SW 120 Who Do You think You Are?

Have you ever wondered why you think the way you do? Have you ever wondered why you immediately connect, or not, with certain people? Have you ever thought about how this will impact your future in regards to both your personal friendships and professional relationships? This class will assist you in beginning the journey of understanding how it is you came to be who you are and how you came to think the way you do by examining the impact that your family has had and continues to have on you.

Location: TBD
Credit Hours: 2
Registration # 10223
Instructor: Glenn W. Frost

SW 401AON: Everyday Social Justice: Reducing Microaggressions

This course delves into the transformational concept of microaggression, with the aim to strengthen students’ abilities to foster social justice. Students will consider the relation of microaggression to human rights and trauma, with the opportunity to practice identifying and reducing these subtle, pervasive forms of discrimination. In addition, the course will provide an overview of the controversial public discourse and current research about this timely topic.

Location: This is a one credit online course with synchronous sessions from 6-7pm on three Thursdays- January 4th, 11th, and 18th.
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 10309
Instructor: Berg Miller

SW 401BHY: Promoting Social Good: Community Social Engagement (hybrid)

This course is designed to familiarize interdisciplinary students with social policies and programs that impact the human condition at the local community, State, and National levels in areas such as social services, health care, housing, and other public community and institutional systems. Students will examine the skills needed to advocate for change at the legislative, agency, and/or community level. Policies, programs, and services for at-risk populations will be assessed, with an emphasis on similarities and differences, and how they address diversity and human rights. This course is intended to provide students with awareness and knowledge of Systems theory, interactions of person and environment, and key social safety programs provided by government and not-for-profit agencies, some of which include the Social Security Act (including Medicare and Medicaid, Title IX), Affordable Health Care Act, Indian Child Welfare Act, and other policies and community initiatives. It will focus on the history, features, strengths, and limitations of existing policies. This course will incorporate a trauma-informed and human rights perspective when considering policies that target the persons who utilize public systems.

Location: This is an online hybrid course with weekly assignments and it will include one day on campus for a trip to a community agency and seated class discussion. Students will be required to attend one local policy meeting on their own time, such as a school board meeting, city or county meeting, or State or Federal public meeting. 
Credit Hours: 2
Registration # 10311
Instructor: Todd Sage

SW 401CON: Your Brilliant Career: Using Social Media for Career Enhancement

An online presence is becoming commonplace for all professionals. Chances are you have some personal presence online via social media. Creating a professional persona online can be very helpful in learning, networking, finding resources, job placement, and even career advancement.  Students will learn about unique opportunities and some challenges in building an on-line presence. The use of social media can be a powerful tool for career advancement. work. I hope to demonstrate the ways this can happen and debunk some of the myths about building an online presence.

Location: TBD
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 10312
Instructor: Sean Erreger